Posts Tagged ‘How to do Bible Study’
In order for us to lead a set apart life, we need to do the actions that will produce good fruit. Most of us know what these are, yet we struggle to make it happen. Can we use the modern study of habits to bring us closer to these acts of righteousness? We have heard so many bad reports of tradition that most people are scared of the concept of establishing habits. Let us see if we can find a balance.
Recently I saw the importance of context again when I was doing some Bible study. I wanted to get a good understanding of the changes that had happened in the world between the books of Malachi and Matthew. The purpose of this study was not to be a history lesson, but purely to understand how the people of Jerusalem went from a small group of people led by a High-Priest and Governor, serving under the Persians, to a mighty nation lead by the High-Priest, Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes under Roman rule. While studying the Persian period after Nehemiah and Ezra, I stumbled across a part in the book of Josephus that described the building of the temple on Mount Gerizim. This small bit of information lead me to a more complete study on the Samaritans. This provided me with lot more insight into two incidents in the Apostolic Scriptures. I have decided to write up this study as an example of how the context could lead us to a more complete understanding of the text.
In our continuing investigation into sound Bible study, we now get to the level of interpretation of phrases and/or verses of the Bible. We investigate what is needed to be able to move from the original context to our current context in a sound way. At the same time we need to understand some of the history of interpretation to be able to fully comprehend what the authors of the Apostolic Scriptures are trying to explain to us. How did Y’Shua use these techniques in His teachings? How is it different from the techniques that Paul, the Pharisee, used in his writings. Come test your skills in identifying these techniques!